In collaboration with the campus and surrounding communities, the Latin American Studies Program supports concerts, theme dinners, film screenings, symposia, service-learning projects, debates and teach-ins organized by various student organizations, faculty, campus divisions, and neighborhood associations. Every semester speakers who are experts in a field related to the courses being offered or who are directly involved with social, political, academic or cultural activities in Latin America are invited to campus. Our students are offered numerous opportunities to engage with Latino or Latin American communities in many other ways as well.
Second Annual World Cinema Festival: 'The German Doctor' - with Carolyn Wolfenzon
February 17, 20157:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium
Patagonia, 1960. A German doctor meets an Argentinean family and joins them on a long desert road to a small town where they will be starting a new life. Eva, Enzo and their three children welcome the doctor into their home and entrust their young daughter, Lilith to his care, not knowing they are harboring one of the most dangerous criminals in the world and that Israeli agents are desperately looking to bring him to justice.
The German Doctor (Lucía Puenzo, Argentina, 2013) is the true story of the family who lived with Josef Mengele, the German SS officer known as the "Angel of Death," without knowing his true identity. It also follows the girl who fell in love with one of the most heinous criminals of all time in the years he spent "hiding" in South America following his escape from Germany.
Presented by Carolyn Wolfenzon, assistant professor of romance languages.
Bowdoin’s World Cinema Festival offers a varied program of important contemporary narrative and documentary films from around the world with post-screening discussions moderated by faculty and students.
The public is welcomed at no charge and tickets are not required.
The 2nd Annual World Cinema Festival is sponsored by the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund, the Latin American Studies Program, the Asian Studies Program, the Africana Studies Program, the Russian Department, the Romance Languages Department, the English Department, MacMillan House, the Bowdoin Film Society, and the Cinema Studies Program.
Portland Playback Theater: "Letting the World In: Stories of Discovery"
February 26, 20157:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium
The Portland Playback Theater comes to campus for a wonderful evening of storytelling and improv theater! This troupe of highly-trained, multi-talented actors featuring Erin Curren, visiting lecturer in French, will "playback" audience stories of discovery, difficulty, culture, realization and more. The group joins the art of improvisation with real-life stories spontaneously shared by members of the audience. Using movement, dialogue and music, the actors seek to honor the countless moments and events that shape our lives.
Portland Playback Theatre Company was founded in Portland, Maine in 2005. The Playback Theatre style models transformation; a new way to relate to the world. When trained playback practitioners enact a story told by a member of the audience, a deep bond of understanding is established between the “teller” and the audience. Playback helps people see their common humanity. When people join together in sharing their stories and watching the re-enactments, it engenders an ability to focus on commonalities rather then judgments of otherness.
Hosted by the Off Campus Study office, along with the McKeen Center and other offices on campus.
Dancer and Choreographer Chantal Loïal: 'On t'appelle Venus (They Call You Venus)'
February 28, 20157:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium
In her performance piece, On t'appelle Venus, choreographer and dancer Chantal Loial pays tribute to Sawtche (1789-1819), known asthe Black Venus, who had been brought to France in the nineteenth century by a "tamer" who prostituted her and exploited her as a circus freak. Swatche's body, deemed abnormal, fascinated the European imagination. After she died, scientists dissected her body and displayed it at the Musee de l'Homme in Paris, all in the name of scientific and anthropological progress. Through this artistic expression of her body, Chantal Loial invites us to think of feminine body and the norms we use to draw laws about both the body and beauty.
Loial created her dance company in 1994. She began dancing her native Afro-Guadeloupean traditional dances at age seven and went on to become a professional choreographer and dancer, earning her diploma in contemporary dance at the National Dance Centre of Pantin, France in 2008. She reinterprets traditional Caribbean and African dances that she mixes with European ballet and other forms of dance. In 2014, Loïal received the highest French Order, the National Order of the Legion of Honor for her work in the Arts (Knight of the Legion of Honor).
Open to the public free of charge.
For more information, contact Hanétha Vété-Congolo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsored by the Andrew Mellon Foundation (Mellon Humanities Initiative).
Film Screening: 'Secundaria' with Filmmaker Mary Jane Doherty
March 30, 20157:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Cleaveland 151
Boston University film professor Mary Jane Doherty traveledto Cuba multiple times over a period of years to complete what the Boston Globecalled a “lucid, watchful portrait of young ballet dancers desperately tryingto plié their way out of poverty and into the Ballet Nacional."
Doherty’sdocumentary Secundaria follows one high school class on itsjourney through Cuba’s world famous National Ballet School. The teenagedancers love to dance…but many of them must dance as the only way to improve the lives of their impoverished families.
As we follow Doherty’s primary subjects—middle-classGabriela, poor Mayara, poorer Moises— Secundaria reveals itself through cinematicstorytelling (and without a script, staging, or interviews) as being less aboutcompeting in dance and more about battling into adulthood.
Post-screening discussion with the filmmaker.
Free and open to the public - no tickets required.
Sarita Gaytan "Message in a Bottle: Tequila and the Performance of Gender and Sexuality in Mexican Popular Culture
April 9, 20154:15 PM – 6:00 PM
Adams Hall, Room 208
Professor Sarita Gaytan will give a talk on Tequila and the spirit of Mexico. Her research examines gendered and national cultures of consumption. In particular, she looks at Tequila a national drink, to see how gendered practices and nationalism collide through its consumption. Her book, Tequila: Distilling the Spirit of Mexico, was recently published by Standford University Press, 2014.
Sponsored by Sociology and Anthropology, Latin American Studies, and Lectures and Concerts.
Poet, Novelist, and Playwright Carmen Boullosa: "My Roots"
April 21, 20156:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Hubbard Hall, Room 208 Thomas F. Shannon Room
Carmen Boullosa is one of Mexico's leading poets, novelists, and playwrights. The prolific author, who has had literally scores of books, essays and dissertations written about her, will join us to talk about the literary roots that have nourished her, including Mexican authors Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Rosario Castellanos, and writers of international renown. She will also explore the impact of influences that were forced on youth of her generation, from the nuns who ran her elementary school to the established gender roles of Latin America.